We join Pastor David Crespo in chapter thirteen, the last chapter in the book of 2 Corinthians where we find Paul the Apostle having to use church discipline with those at the church of Corinth who were coming in and polluting the minds of those within the church, and disesteeming Paul’s authority. Pastor David shares with us three things in regards to church discipline that we can use if we are involved with someone who is being disciplined that we can share with them for encouragement. We listen in to learn more!
2 Corinthians 13 New King James Version
Coming with Authority
13 This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” 2 I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent [a]I write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare— 3 since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you. 4 For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you [b]are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
Paul Prefers Gentleness
7 Now [c]I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
Greetings and Benediction
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13 All the saints greet you.
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the [d]communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
a. 2 Corinthians 13:2 NU omits I write
b. 2 Corinthians 13:5 do not stand the test
c. 2 Corinthians 13:7 NU we
d. 2 Corinthians 13:14 fellowship
New King James Version (NKJV)
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